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Des (Des)
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Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 81.154.251.239
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 03:40 pm:   

Tony's covers (which do you prefer)?

lbj

lbk

lbl

lbm
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Des (Des)
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Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 81.154.251.239
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 03:43 pm:   

I've loved them all for a while now! I only noticed recently that they have a slight tinge at the back of the brain about TARDIS...
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
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Posted From: 129.11.76.229
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 04:14 pm:   

The last one, easily. That figure.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted From: 82.18.174.156
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 04:32 pm:   

I like the colour scheme of the top one best but the bottom one is more effective because of the figure.
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 04:34 pm:   

Thanks, that's interesting, Gary. But there something minimal about not having a figure to absorb the attention that attracts me. Like listening to Philip Glass music?
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 04:55 pm:   

I suppose one could always imagine a figure - or something else - standing in the shadows of the open doorway. I go for the top one but with the niggling doubt that it still lacks some element of drama.
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 05:04 pm:   

Thanks, Stevie. If you look closely, I think there might be a face in the top three behind the window. And some other things in the darkness behind the 'tower'?

At one stage I was yearning to see the image with its base showing. i.e no door and squat. But I was reminded about Sooty's hem. :-)
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 05:07 pm:   

...also I think they are more effective with a white website background, as here in the sidebar: http://expenscusil.wordpress.com/
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted From: 92.232.199.129
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 05:46 pm:   

I'm the same as Stevie - I like the colour scheme of the first, but the figure in the last one. Could Tony perhaps change the background within the tower on the first one and put a shadowy figure in there?

But you're right. If you look closely behind the window in the first one there does seem to be something lurking in there - perhaps it just needs to be made a tiny bit more obvious (but not *too* obvious)?
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 05:48 pm:   

Given the title, 'The Last Balcony', what about having a strand of diaphonous material just disappearing at the bottom of the picture?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 09:07 pm:   

#3 for me.
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Des (Des)
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Posted From: 81.154.251.239
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 11:32 pm:   

First tentative trial cover, I believe:

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Des (Des)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 11:36 pm:   

If the publisher eventually decides to confirm this his chosen cover design from Tony's artwork, I shall be very pleased. I believe there will also be artwork inside for the two novellas, by Tony, hopefully.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:14 am:   

Looks highly effective with the title in, Des!
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:18 am:   

Love it! There IS something lurking behind that window - no need for further definition imo.
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 09:03 am:   

Thanks, everyone. :-)
There's another one Tony has shown on his Facebook that reminds me of Henri Rousseau. The whole Tony project on this reminds me the development in the Close Encounters 'sculpture' (in a nice way!).
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 86.141.105.15
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:47 am:   

Oh yes, I forgot to tell you the house was life-size. I'm living in it now.
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:02 am:   

With Tony's permission:

henri
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 86.141.105.15
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:16 pm:   

I have to add this was a doodle taken on my old mobile phone...
(I know, artists and their tools etc)
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
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Posted From: 92.8.30.130
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:20 pm:   

Ah! I like the Rousseauish image!
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:44 pm:   

It's wonderful! Have you ever been exhibited, Tony?
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:47 pm:   

Only in a kind of zoo-like place, naked.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:56 pm:   

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Craig (Craig)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 04:01 pm:   

Excellent all!
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 05:33 pm:   

This is not Tony's. Nothing that Tony has seen before. It is an ornament I've had for some years, originally found in a junk shop in Walton on Naze and it sits on my mantlepiece.

ornament
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 05:59 pm:   

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Des (Des)
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 06:11 pm:   

The other side:
ornament3
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Hubert (Hubert)
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Posted From: 178.116.51.159
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 09:15 pm:   

I like the top one. The figure in the bottom one is a cheap addition imho, but it might help, because people expect that sort of thing on the cover of a horror book.
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:42 pm:   

I agree that Horror fiction covers have often seemed to be sui generis.
Till Tony came along. :-)
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Zed (Gary_mc)
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 01:51 pm:   

I disagree - in recent years, some of the horror covers by the likes of Vincent Chong and Ben Baldwin, et al, have been astonishing and groundbreaking in terms of abandoning the usual genre imagery.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
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Posted From: 86.29.255.62
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 06:02 pm:   

And don't forget my own artwork for Fusing Horizons. The modern artworld has yet to catch up with this groundbreaking genius.

Joking? Me? Never!
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Des (Des)
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Posted From: 81.154.251.239
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 06:15 pm:   

I was never allowed in 'Fusing Horizons', but I had a copy or two. :-)
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 06:16 pm:   

Something about that little house reminds me of the work of Oliver Postgate. Don't ask me why, Des, but I can see some of his characters living there.
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Des (Des)
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Posted From: 81.154.251.231
Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 07:16 pm:   

For the APOCRYFAN novella:
te1

For the YESTERFANG novella:
te2
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Des (Des)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 07:23 pm:   

Sorry: here's the second one again:

te5
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

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Posted From: 81.154.251.231
Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 07:29 pm:   

So here's them both again: by Tony Lovell:

THE APOCRYFAN:

te9


YESTERFANG:

te8
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
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Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 03:55 pm:   

Hard to believe that Tony created that haunting red indian figure out of plasticine!!

I've told him he should take up serious sculpture. The man's talent is wasted as far as I am concerned. The way he is able to integrate photography, painting and 3D figures into such strikingly original yet somehow primal imagery is startlingly impressive. Well done, sir!
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted From: 92.232.199.129
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 04:35 pm:   

"Hard to believe that Tony created that haunting red indian figure out of plasticine!!"

You're kidding? I'd assumed it was a photo of a statue. Is that really plasticine?

Amazing work!
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.151.109.99
Posted on Sunday, July 08, 2012 - 09:27 pm:   

Good news, I hope. Publication of 'The Last Balcony' is relatively imminent! :-)
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 109.79.21.129
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2012 - 12:37 pm:   

Very good work, Tony.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2012 - 12:41 pm:   

The final cover looks lovely. It's a nice book, too. One to cherish. I'm glad to have been able to do this.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.151.109.99
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 04:06 pm:   

I'm excited to report that
I believe I have spotted Tony's
building in real life. I shall be
trying to climb up there as soon
as possible when I'm equipped properly:
Tonyreal
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.151.109.99
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 04:36 pm:   

...but it may be false alarm like this one happened to be when it was spotted a few weeks ago;
tonyread
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.151.109.99
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 04:44 pm:   

...and this one wasn't even a contender:
tonyreal9
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.151.109.99
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 09:35 pm:   

Btw, I've been seeking this building in real life ever since Tony 'made' it for the cover. Cf: Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I'm confident I'm getting closer.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.140.213.21
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 10:55 am:   

I managed to climb up higher towards above
building today, but I don't think I'm going to
be able go any further and read the writing on it.
aff

On this trip, I noticed this and wondered who
might live here:
aff2
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.140.213.21
Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 - 08:30 pm:   

From here:
http://nerdapproved.com/approved-products/tardis-shed-and-dalek-image/

Almost as good as a Tony L building.

tardis
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.129.33.32
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:35 am:   

The latest Tony Lovell 'Last Blacony' image lookalike I found in Frinton yesterday (this gatepost):

LB Frinton

LB Frinton2

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